I apologize I haven't been around much. I recently shifted by focus more to STEP v3.0. Then not to long after that I had to wipe my drive and still haven't fully re-setup my system for modding. I also got a copy of Vortex that I am wanting to put through the paces and test out.
Please keep posting any suggestions, bug reports, etc. I will be keeping track of them, however, this Guide may not receive much attention for a bit while my focus is shifted to other projects.
Hello again, thank you for the thoughtful responses you provided last time I posted :). I've been playing through the game and I thought I would mention some minor issues and a couple of suggestions for the next time you revisit the guide.
After harvesting glowing mushrooms there are black spots visible on the remaining mushrooms. These images should illustrate what I mean: BEFORE AFTER.
In heavy snow storms (and possibly heavy rain as well but I haven't tested this) there aren't enough particles for the spell effects when you have your hands out with certain spells equipped. For example if you hold out your hands with the Flames spell equipped during heavy snow (such as when you go to Bleak Falls Barrow) the fire effect will only occasionally sputter. I cranked up my [Particles] iMaxDesired to 30000 in skyrimprefs. 6000(Guide recommended value) and 10000 was not enough, 30000 is probably overkill but I didn't want to spend too much time finding the supremum and so far I haven't come across any issues with setting it to 30000. I was surprised that I had to crank it up past 10000 since the STEP wiki suggested that was about the maximum, I suppose SSE is different?
The mod "Harvest Overhaul Redone" is missing the "Required by CR Patch" flag. Something I came across when trying to disable this mod and using your CR patch. Also the mod breaks Wisp Cores, this can be seen in SSEEdit HarvestOverhaul_Redone_Creatures.esp 0010EB2A wispCore: It calls a non-existent wispCoreScript_lyu script. The mod Author seems aware of this but from reading the pinned messages it seems he or she has health issues and is busy remaking the mod for v1.0.
I've added a couple of non-guide mods, such as slowing down the dawnguard and dragonborn DLC triggers, but most of them are very minor. There is one mod however that I thought I should point out: Obsidian Mountain Fogs. Might be too much to be considered vanilla friendly but they give the mountains an epic look. Also, no matter how good of a job the mods included in your guide do at making the mountains look better; they can still sometimes look wonky from a distance and this mod definitely helps with that. Only has one minor conflict in SSEEdit with "Relighting Skyrim", which is the conflict loser. I haven't spent a lot of time to make sure it doesn't have bugs however, all I can say is that in my current play through at least I haven't had any issues.
I also tried "Tempered Skins for Females" after reading about it here. I still prefer True Daughters of Skyrim though as I feel that female NPCs with darker skin tones, such as the Imperial Captain during the vanilla intro and the blacksmith in Whiterun, Adrianna Avenici, look too light-skinned with Tempered skins. I didn't look at the feet seam improvements however. These mods don't have .esp's though so I still keep a "special" version of Tempered Skins in my MO2 for when I want something special when looting armour off dead female NPCs ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°).
My final suggestion might be outside the scope of your guide but perhaps you could provide advice on Anti-Aliasing options as I had a hard time finding solid information on this topic for Skyrim SE. The problems I had with AA is that FXAA wasn't good enough and TAA added enough blur when in motion that it sometimes gave me mild motion sickness. After a lot of trial and error I managed to get a good compromise using TAA and adaptive sharpening with Re-Shade. There are still issues though. In particular I have shimmering in textures from a distance, especially on reflections on the water and other "wet" surfaces. They completely disappear when I disable all AA. The second are the flickering fences (I installed the less-flickering fences option with SMIM), which actually get worse with AA turned off, in contrast with the previous.
Hopefully these comments will help you continue to make the guide even better so future users can continue to enjoy it as I have.
Edited by Chadric, 11 February 2018 - 03:18 AM.